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March 23, 2015 | NPR · A super-tight band from Niger creates delightful dance music. Hear the opening track from their new album.

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March 22, 2015 | NPR · There are plenty of musicians pouring into Austin this week for SXSW. But not all are cut from the same indie cloth. Meet Riyaaz Qawwali.

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March 16, 2015 | NPR · Johannesburg-based band The Muffinz tackles AIDS, politics and education while blending jazz, soul and R&B with their country’s choral traditions.

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March 15, 2015 | NPR · The famed Cuban collective dusts off treasures from nearly 20 years of recording and touring — just in time to say goodbye.

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March 7, 2015 | NPR · This week, American listeners will get introduction to the Bala Brothers, a sibling trio who broke color barriers and became three of the best-known voices in South Africa.

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March 4, 2015 | NPR · This is a great music documentary that wasn’t supposed to be about music. All too quickly, this chronicle of Mali’s Festival in the Desert became a memento of vanished joy.

February 26, 2015 | WXPN · Hear a performance by the Latin funk band at the studios of KCSN radio.

February 26, 2015 | WXPN · A Chicano band from East LA talks about inspiring positive change through music.

February 22, 2015 | NPR · As Ibeyi, Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz make soulful, percussive music rooted in their Yoruba heritage.

January 31, 2015 | NPR · Veteran dancehall troupe and guaranteed bringers of good times Ward 21 dropped a new video on Friday.


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March 26, 2015 | NPR · An official investigation into an accident last February at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

March 26, 2015 | NPR · The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

March 26, 2015 | NPR · The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean’s edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · On today’s Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of “blind faith.” The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

March 26, 2015 | NPR · The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard’s novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, “I look at this show as Elmore Leonard’s show, and we’re all in service of him.”


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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The multi-talented musician performs her solo material on stage in West Virginia.

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · Hear the sounds of the Irish traditional music scene in the U.S., from the 1920s to today.

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